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What's The Story Behind This ATA DC-10-40?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 11:14 am

From looking it at, it seems as if it had a fire. What caused this? Any injuries/fatalites? Thanks.


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RE: What's The Story Behind This ATA DC-10-40?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 11:26 am

Looks like it was a former NW bird, second one delivered, originally registered N142US. My guess is a ground fire. Sorry I don't have anything more.

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RE: Answer

Thu Mar 22, 2001 11:54 am

Here's your answer, from the NTSB web site. I actually do recall the incident.



NTSB Identification: DCA86IA037 . The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32301.

Nonscheduled 14 CFRPart 121 operation of Air Carrier AMERICAN TRANS AIR, INC.
Incident occurred Sunday, August 10, 1986 at CHICAGO, IL
Aircraft:MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10-40, registration: N184AT
Injuries: 7 Uninjured.
A CHARTER FLT ARRIVED & DEPLANED WITHOUT INCIDENT & WITH NO INDICATION OF SMOKE, FUMES OR HEAT. COMPANY MAINT PSNL HAD PLACED DAMAGED PASSENGER SEATBACKS (INCORPORATING SOLID-STATE CHEMICAL OXYGEN GENERATORS) IN THE FWD CARGO COMPARTMENT WITH SEAT COVERS & OIL. A COMPANY MECHANIC EXAMINED THE SEATBACKS TO FIND A SERVICEABLE UNIT. HE FOUND A LOOSE OXYGEN CANISTER & HANDLED IT IMPROPERLY BY ITS OXYGEN HOSE. SUCH HANDLING CAN RELEASE THE FIRING PIN, FIRE THE PERCUSSION CAP, TRIGGER A CHEMICAL REACTION, & GENERATE OXYGEN. THIS CAN GENERATE UP TO 430 DEG OF HEAT OUTSIDE THE CANISTER. A FIRE BGNIN THE FWD CARGO COMPARTMENT IN THE VICINITY OF WHERE AN OXYGEN CANISTER WAS FND (LATER) WITH A DENTED STRIKER PLATE. THE SEAT COVERS IGNITED, FIRE BURNED THRU THE CABIN FLOOR, & SUBSEQUENTLY, IT SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CABIN. COMPANY MAINT PSNL DID NOT KNOW THAT OXYGEN GENERATORS, CARRIED AS COMPANY SUPPLIES, WERE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. THE MECHANIC WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE REPAIR OR INSTALLATION OF THE PASSENGER SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN EQUIPMENT.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident was:

Oxygen system ..Information insufficient ..Company maintenance personnel



Contributing Factors

Supervision ..Improper ..Company/operator management
Lack of familiarity with aircraft ..Company/operator management
Tie down ..Improper ..Company/operator management
Oxygen system ..Not understood ..Company maintenance personnel
Lack of familiarity with aircraft ..Company maintenance personnel




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RE: What's The Story Behind This ATA DC-10-40?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 1:24 pm

AerLingus is correct. I too remember the fire at Ohare. Anyway, i remember too that ATA was choosin between DC-10 and L1011 for long range A/C. They originallly acquired one DC-10-40, this one, they were planning to acquire more such aircraft, and were unable to get more at a good price. They then acquired 9 L1011-50's from Delta. Then this DC-10 was destroyed in the ground fire at Ohare.

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RE: What's The Story Behind This ATA DC-10-40?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 1:31 pm

I flew on that very aircraft in July 1986 ORD-MCO-ORD on a charter flight. I could remember the acrid cigarette smoke in that bird. It was sickening.
My aunt, uncle, and cousin flew on the final flight of that aircraft, which was HNL-ORD. They said as they were driving home they saw a whole pile of smoke and didn't think anything of it until they turned the TV on at home. The aircraft was supposed to go on to Montego Bay later that afternoon. Obviously it never made it Big grin